Top 10 Dining Room Ideas to Make Every Meal an Occasion

Jul 9, 2021

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The dining room is a unique place in every home. Some use their dining rooms for every meal so want a relaxed, everyday space, whilst others like to keep the room ‘for best’ and look for a formal feel. No matter how you use your space, a thoughtful dining room decor will help you enjoy it day after day. So if you’re looking for dining room inspiration but are stuck on what style to go for, we’ve rounded up our ten favorite dining room ideas to help get you started.

1. Scandi Dining Room

Scandinavian dining room

Scandinavian design is at home in any room. From living rooms and bedrooms to bathrooms and every space in between, the Scandi look is not only known for its fresh, clean feel but also the laid-back lifestyle connotations it brings with it, which is why it’s now a popular style all over the world. In the dining room, Scandi design really comes into its own. Always welcoming, it’s a versatile, everyday look which can cater for any number of people and it invites everyone to sit back, relax and just enjoy the meal. Retreat from Designed by AMARA is full of Scandi inspiration to help you create the laid-back dining room you’re looking for.

Traditional dining table with chandelier
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2. Traditional Dining Room

Traditional dining rooms are one of the more formal dining room styles. Reminiscent of when every meal was a dress-up event, these designs are great for when you have a separate dining room so you can make the dining space formal but keep the rest of your home more relaxed for everyday use. Invest in a ‘best’ tableware range which will be the key part of your table setting, always have a chic centerpiece ready and illuminate the table with striking pendant light fixtures to give the dining area a real wow-factor when you host.

Black and white monochrome dining room

3. Monochrome Dining Room

Fabulously contemporary, monochrome dining rooms are sleek, chic and eye-catching. Often in classic black and white or blue and white, this color scheme is a great choice for modern homes and works particularly well with industrial styles. If you prefer more vibrant or softer colors however, monochrome design can be achieved using varying tones of any one color, so pick one that suits you and your style.

4. Art Deco Dining Room

Art deco flatware
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Art Deco design is one of the most enduring styles of the last century. Delightfully decadent, it celebrates a time of excess, making it a perfect choice for the dining room that’s famed for its dinner parties. Characterized with ornate geometrics, rich colors and glints of metallics, this style can be dressed up for formal dining rooms or dressed down for the everyday. Just make sure you always have a drinks trolley handy to channel your inner Gatsby at every opportunity, old sport.

Modern black and white dining room

5. Modern Dining Room

Excellent for both formal and everyday dining settings, a dining room designed for modern tastes is one of the easiest designs to style, but creates one of the most dramatic effects in any home. Think clean, sharp lines, strong colors, simple table and chairs, plain dining room walls and a few statement accessories and you can’t go wrong.

Colorful dining room

6. Color Pop Dining Room

For those that need a bit of color in their life, colorful dining rooms are bold and beautiful. Certain to make your dining room stand out from the rest, adding a bright color pop goes hand in hand with fun accessories and lighting too, so let yourself go wild with this design. Another look perfect for both formal and everyday settings, it will make you smile every time you enter the room. Throw in boldly colored dining room chairs and the interior designer in you will be effervescent with joy.

7. French Dining Room

French table setting

Is your dining room missing that certain je ne sais quoi? Then a French style dining room might be for you. Light, airy and romantic, French interiors are a popular choice for many homes around the world and it’s a style which screams rustic living and fine French food on the dining room table. Usually kept fresh with white walls, subtle ornate touches and exposed wood completes the rustic, shabby chic feel synonymous with laidback French style.

Rustic country dining room
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8. Country Dining Room

Another rustic style that’s associated more with the rolling hills of the English countryside than France is classic country style. The epitome of rustic design, country dining rooms invite you to get together for wholesome feasts which last long into the night. Relaxed stoneware tableware, classic flatware and lots of fresh foliage (preferably just picked from the garden) are at the heart of these dining rooms. Just keep decoration to a minimum and let the hearty food and good company do the talking.

Dark green dining room

9. Dark Dining Room

A key trend across the entire industry at the moment is dark interiors. Gone are the days when designers would steer clear of dark shades as they felt it would make a space look tiny; now it’s all about the subtle nuances of a darkly hued room and how these shades can bring a space to life. From dark dining room wallpaper to plush jewel-toned furniture and accessories, dark shades create a cozy, intimate atmosphere making them ideal for using in dining rooms.

10. Luxury Dining Room

Gold table setting
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Opulent and decadent, luxury dining rooms don’t have to be expensive but should have that extravagant feel at every turn. From gleaming metallic accessories, to ornate crystal glassware, like the Art Deco style above, these dining rooms are all about excess, so go all out. It’s also a fantastic look for introducing rich patterns, so look for bold tableware designs, table linen, wall art or all of the above to create a delightfully decadent affair.